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Hamburg-based Delia project focusing on autonomous flying

ZAL co-ordinating Germany-wide project on aircraft communication

The Delia project, co-ordinated by the Hamburg-based Center of Applied Aeronautical Research ZAL focuses on developing a communication and processor platform to lay the foundation of future mobility concepts. The project, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research is being carried out in co-operation with AED Engineering GmbH, Solectrix GmbH, Airbus Operations GmbH and the Universities of Stuttgart and Hamburg. Launched in mid February, the Delia project comes against the backdrop of Hamburg’s role as a model region for developing the civilian use of drones and other urban air traffic technologies. The city is also partner to the EU initiative Urban Air Mobility.

Incompatible communication channels

Urban mobility of the future is likely to undergo tremendous change caused by autonomous driving and flying. However, on-board electronics presently consist of diverse, isolated systems that use different data networks for communication. These channels are often incompatible and do not meet requirements such as transmission capacity, real-time capability and interoperability. The structure is slowing down new developments, according to ZAL.

“Delia” to remedy situation

Delia, a modularly distributed, real-time capable data communication and processor platform presents the solution. The Delia platform will consist of individual modules connected by a flexible and real-time fibre optic network with up to 25 Gbit/s). The individual modules are to be based on multi-core processors and programmable circuits to guarantee defined and reproducible data processing. The project is scheduled to run until 2022.

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